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Reported: Nov. 2011

Cedar Key... Paddling on Florida's Nature Coast

Cedar Key, listed on the National Historic Site Register, is what Key West was 50 years ago - a step back to Old Florida. The island is surrounded by 13 smaller barrier islands in the Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge, offering many paddling adventures from open Gulf paddling to grass flats. (Detailed map and photos below)



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Distance: Various, there is no designated trail
Location: Levy County. 50 miles southwest of Gainesville, 3 hours north of Tampa, and 3 hours west of Jacksonville; from US 19 turn west on SR 24 at Otter Creek
Difficulty: Easy to moderate
Tidal: Yes
Launch points: G Street beach, Cedar Key Marina; Shell Mound (end of CR 326) (See map, left)
Kayak/Canoe Rentals: Cedar Key (link, above right). Some hotels also have canoes/kayaks available for guests.
Nearby points of interest: Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge, Shell Mound archaeological site, Cedar Key Historical Museum, Cedar Key Museum State Park

The Gulf waters are mostly an easy paddle except during the most extreme weather conditions; watch for an occasional dolphin. The back bay area has many inlets and coves to explore. Atsena Otie Key, the original site of the town of Cedar Key, is about a half mile away, and 1.5 miles if you paddle around the island. North of Cedar Key, a favorite with sea kayakers is the area around Shell Mound of the Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge.

The allure of Cedar Key is its out-of-the way location. Time stands still here - it's one-of-a-kind, laid back and wonderful. Fishing and boating are popular activities. Visit the old downtown and its wooden buildings, the Island Hotel (National Register of Historical Buildings) restaurant, bar and lobby, the Cedar Key Historical Museum, and of course the assortment of galleries and gift shops.

Paddling at Cedar Key
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Back Bay
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Atsena Otie Key
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Hog Island
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Old Downtown Cedar Key
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Historical Museum
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Also visit us here: Bicycling on Cedar Key

More Information on Cedar Key (links open in a new window):

- Cedar Key Chamber of Commerce
- Cedar Key Historical Museum
- Cedar Key Museum State Park
- www.VisitCedarKey.com - Tourism Guide, Kayaking, Travel, Lodging, Vacation Rental

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